Hundreds of patients with metallic implants narrowly avoided death or serious injury after being wrongly referred for MRI scans, an investigation revealed yesterday.
The powerful magnets used in the machines can displace and damage metallic items such as pacemakers, ear implants and aneurysm clips.
Doctors should question patients and check medical records before requesting a scan because of the risk of injury. But hospitals in England recorded 315 near-misses from April 2020 to March 2022 involving patients sent for an MRI.
An MRI scan at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust was ditch